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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Earth Hour 2011

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Here is a Doha (couplet) by the Hindi poet Bihari composed long back in the history of Hindi Literature -
"Kahlaney ekal basat ahi, mayur, mrig, bagh
Jagat Tapovan so kiyo deeragh dagh nidagh".
The meaning of this couplet may go like this – the long scorching heat of summer has brought varieties of animals like snake (ahi) and Peacock (mayur); deer (mrig) and tiger (Bagh) at one place in a small forest area. All these animals stay together during the hardest time, at one place – forgetting their prey- predator relationship. And thus the intense heat has made the world a TAPOVAN (a forest where a number of tapasvis or priests prey together). Here it appears that even animals forget their differences during the hour of danger and stay united to bear the hardship together.

Let us see towards the other side. About four thousand cities of the world remained in dark today from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM. Why? In order to save energy, in order to contribute in checking the Global Warming, and in order to protect the earth from dangerous impacts of climate change and in order to …And in order to celebrate the Earth Hour.

The celebration of the Earth Hour started in 2007 when citizens of Australia took an initiative of not operating any electric- operated equipment or machine for one hour. The same concept has spread across the world today and as per reports - more than 4000 cities of about 131 countries celebrated the Earth Hour today – still not all the countries of the world. Though I can not imagine that rest of the countries might had doubled their electric consumption during the period; I am sad just to think that many countries of the World did not join the movement for the Global Cause. What should I do to make the whole world do so? Why did the remaining countries not join the campaign if it was for the cause of the whole world? Don’t they think that they too are standing at the bank of the same flooding river?  

About the Earth Hour 
Here is a report quoted directly from The Earth Hour -
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later the Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.


Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Key Words : global warming, climate change, WWF, natural environment

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